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Current Topic: Arts

RE: Sappy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Topic: Arts 10:19 am EDT, Apr  6, 2007

Decius wrote:
I have a bootleg copy but its not right. Whack!

If you wind up having some sort of unknown bootleg that'd be sweet, let me know. This one is definitely on my top 5 list of Nirvana songs. I remember the first time I heard it was on 91.1 in the early 90's. The college DJ's got their mits on all the promo stuff early on so this fresh unknown Nirvana that was shrouded in mystery was all the buzz. I taped it and loaded it into this old DOS based WAV editor, made loops, learned how to play it on guitar, one of the first songs I taught myself. Now that I think back on all that OCD, I guess this is my favorite Nirvana song too.

In Utero stands as my favorite album. It had a couple of other notable outtakes that didn't make it including:

* I Hate Myself And Want to Die
* Moist Vagina

So were you reflecting on yesterday being the 13th anniversary of Mr Kobain joining the 27 club?

RE: Sappy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Plaid - Itsu (more infographic'ish music video stuff)
Topic: Arts 12:25 am EST, Mar  7, 2007

100% quality!

Plaid - Itsu (more infographic'ish music video stuff)

RE: YouTube - Royksopp - Remind Me
Topic: Arts 12:22 am EST, Mar  7, 2007

Jello wrote:
This song was used in the Geico Caveman Airport Commercial. The video is a whimsical exploration of infographics.

I can't get enough of these kinds of animations. I love infographics. They reduce everything to their structural core, and this makes me happy.

Very cool indeed. The melody reminds me of Ladytron's 'Destroy Everything You Touch.' I like the Delicious Burger vs. Chinese Box infographic, why they gotta hate on the noodles yo?

If you are a fan of infographics I'm sure you already know about but if not it's a great blog to check up on from time to time.

This reminds me of another video I'll meme...

RE: YouTube - Royksopp - Remind Me

Topic: Arts 8:59 pm EST, Mar  3, 2007

Psychotropic video in the spirit of EBN. Worth checking out his Youtube page: TV Sheriff

My first exposure to Davy Force vids was about three years ago when I watched the Horned Grandma short on Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted DVD. Lets just say that isn't the best video to watch when you are under the influence.

They really need a Youtube HD or something because this really doesn't convey the fluidity of CGI well at all. Gives you an idea though.


RE: Kurt Vonnegut's Last Paid Speaking Appearance
Topic: Arts 9:22 pm EST, Mar  2, 2007

Harrison Bergeron is one of my favorite KV reads.

RE: Kurt Vonnegut's Last Paid Speaking Appearance

RE: YouTube - Autechre 'Gantz Graf'
Topic: Arts 1:31 pm EST, Feb 26, 2007

Decius wrote:
In keeping with my plan to regularly post music videos, in hopes that others join, here is an interesting one for Autechre that really makes you wish Youtube had higher resoltuions available. There are some better screen caps here.

Alex Rutterford makes very cool art. He also had a hand in the videos that Chris Cunningham did for Squarepusher and Bjork. If you like this, check out Fijuu. It isn't exactly Gantz Graf quality, but for a realtime AV toy you can get going on a Linux box in a few minutes, it's pretty slick. I've got it set up on my "lesser" Linux box at the house right now with a PS2 controller hooked up. Was actually going to write up a HOWTO on getting it going with Ubuntu 6.10.

BTW, I've got the Gantz Graf DVD if you want a copy. It has some other Autechre videos that are cool. The Bass Cadet video and 2nd Bad Vibel videos are pretty cool.

RE: YouTube - Autechre 'Gantz Graf'

RE: Hip-Hop Outlaw (Industry Version) - Samantha M. Shapiro - New York Times
Topic: Arts 3:24 pm EST, Feb 20, 2007

Rattle wrote:

Read this whole article...

Read it. Here's my take. I touched on something similar before with respect to a store in Indianapolis that was raided for selling mixtapes.

Bottom line: If you make deals with the devil, get the details in writing. It's hard for me to feel any sympathy for these guys. The word "entrapment" does come to mind, but as much as they are ballyhooed as being such genius businessmen, they should definitely know the value of a contract and insist on one.

The economics of mixtapes appeal to XL, and so do their politics; as he sees it, mixtapes undermine the power of major record labels and radio stations. "Most artists can't afford to get their music on the radio, but an artist has the right to let his fan base hear what he's done," XL said. "Who is the label to dictate how to feed the fan base?"

An artist does have the right to get his fan base hear their music. There are a myriad of ways this can be accomplished. These days the barrier to entry is as low as it has ever been. If you play hard, you can be heard. Mindshare is the toughest nut to crack. But, sorry, you have to play the game by the rules. If the rules seem a little too tough, those are the breaks. To answer the question, "Who is the label to dictate how to feed the fan base?" the answer is very simple if the artists has signed a contract with the label: Whatever the contract dictates! To add to what I said before, if you do decide to make a deal with the devil, be prepared to live with it.

Before DJ Drama went to jail, no mixtape D.J. had been the target of a major raid; busts had been directed at small retailers, like Mondo Kim's in New York's East Village. Jonathan Lamy, a spokesperson for the R.I.A.A., said the raid on Drama's studio represented no official change in policy and had been undertaken only at the behest of Atlanta law enforcement. But for many in the industry, the focus on a single prominent figure seemed like no accident. "Arresting them criminally under RICO was firing a warning shot at anyone who has mixtapes," said Walter McDonough, a copyright lawyer who has negotiated with the R.I.A.A. on behalf of Jay-Z.

Given the context of the previous bust on the bootleggers that also yielded a drugs/weapons cache, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a touch of "profiling" involved in this case as well. The Aphilliates boast at length how they lace their CD's with "gangsta" culture drops, even though they do not partake in the lifestyle themselves. But whatever you want to call it: guilt by association or 'where there's smoke there's usually fire' they painted themselves as targets for suspicion. The RICO law infraction was probably just used as a wedge, a foot in the door, in order to possibly find other associated contraband. I see that as more of a motivation than a warning shot ... [ Read More (0.4k in body) ]

RE: Hip-Hop Outlaw (Industry Version) - Samantha M. Shapiro - New York Times

Long Video War Game Exposures
Topic: Arts 12:18 am EST, Feb 17, 2007

A set of long exposures that were taken while playing video war games of the 80's, created by Atari, Centuri & Taito. The photographs were shot from video game screens while playing the games. By recording each second of an entire game on 1 frame of film, captured complex patterns were captured not normally seen by the naked eye.

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Long Video War Game Exposures

RE: YouTube - The Bottom Line
Topic: Arts 2:04 am EST, Jan 20, 2007

Dagmar wrote:

Decius wrote:
For some reason I didn't consider this before but YouTube is a virtual treasure trove of plunderphonic audiocollage videos. This is Negativland passing judgement on recent U.S. history in a, well, rather damning way. I'll try to make a point of posting interesting stuff of this sort on a regular basis.

The Bottom Line was actually published by Negativland on the "Free" album back in *1993*.

Kinda says something about the timelessness of the sentiment of "let's not fucking torture people yo".

"Freedom's waiting! At your 7-Eleven!"

"Doesn't just hearing it make you wish you were drinking?"

RE: YouTube - The Bottom Line

RE: Le Grand Content
Topic: Arts 1:22 am EST, Jan 20, 2007

Rattle wrote:

This is not an easy thing to describe. It's a film. It's not long. You should watch it.

Thanks for the recommendation. Very enjoyable. And very true about the Death/Taxes/Spam trio, they are all unavoidable :)

Bonus trivia: The song playing in the background is Aphex Twin's "Ruglen Holon" from the album Drukqs released in 2001. Man, has it been over five years since the last Aphex album? Yep. Rumor has it there's a new one coming out this year. We'll see.

RE: Le Grand Content

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